The NDIS have published an update about how Participants can use their plan to purchase a device such as an iPad / tablet / laptop so they can continue to access therapy and support whilst in isolation during coronavirus!
The guidelines from the NDIS say that Participants are able to spend up to $1500 on low cost AT items from their existing budgets. Participants should not spend more than $750 on electronic devices needed to maintain existing services.
In the case of computer tablets or iPads for telehealth and care or participating in online video classes, advice from AT specialists is that most NDIS participants will not need more than a standard tablet, which costs no more than $600.
Participants can now use their existing NDIS funding to purchase an item if:
- it will maintain funded NDIS supports like a program, therapy or requirement (for example physiotherapy or Auslan interpreting provided via video conferencing), and
- the provider of supports has confirmed in writing the device is necessary to continue supports and services while maintaining physical distancing requirements, and
- it is the lowest specification that will maintain funded supports, and
- they do not already have the item, another suitable item or access to the item, and
- the item has not been funded by another service system (such as education), and
- the item or circumstances are not specifically excluded.
The NDIS have said this is a limited time policy that will apply until September 2020 as a result of the current circumstances.
At Aspect, we are committed to sharing information with our participants and helping them use their plan in a flexible way that meets their goals. If you have any questions about how to make the most of your plan, or would like to join Aspect, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call / SMS 0444 599 715.